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Set of Gotham Steel Pots and Pans

This class action is about non-stick pans and other cookware. The complaint alleges that food sticks to the cookware made by E. Mishan and Sons, Inc. that the company describes as “nonstick.”

Carton of Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Tillamook County Creamery Association makes ice cream in approximately fifty-one flavors. The complaint for this class action alleges that many of these products involve ice cream that is said to be vanilla flavor but is not, at least not according to labeling requirements. 

FIve-Gallon Container of Super S 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid

The complaint for this class action alleges that specifications for 303 tractor hydraulic fluid (THF) no longer exist, and that current 303 THF products may even be harmful to equipment. Why don’t specifications exist? The original 303 product contained sperm whale oil, which may no longer be used. The defendants are Smitty’s Supply, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company. 

Belmont Vanilla Light Ice Cream Package

This class action is one in a number of recent ones that take issue with ice creams labeled as being “vanilla” flavor, or containing “vanilla” ice cream. Vanilla is the second more expensive flavoring in the world (after saffron), and the complaints allege that companies are finding ways to get around labeling laws. In this case, the complaint alleges that Aldi, Inc. deceptively labels some of its vanilla ice creams in its Belmont and Sundae Shoppe lines.

Package of Trader Joe's All Natural Chicken Breasts

Trader Joe’s is generally considered an upscale place to buy food. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that the company sells poultry with “excess retained water,” in violation of federal law. The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, negligent and intentional misrepresentation, fraudulent omissions, and the violations of California consumer protection laws.

Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta

This California class action takes up the issue of “slack fill” or too much empty space inside containers of consumer goods. The complaint alleges that Riviana Foods, Inc. and New World Pasta Company, which do business as Ronzoni, leave excessive slack fill in their boxes of specialty pasta. This is particularly deceptive, as the specialty boxes are the same size as its regular pasta boxes, but they contain 25% less pasta.

A Wyndham Vacation Resort, with a Swimming Pool Area and High Rise

Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc. is the largest timeshare ownership program in the world. But the complaint for this class action alleges that it uses deceptive and misleading presentations to sell its timeshares, misleading potential customers about things like the value of its points and the availability of the properties for vacations.

2017 Ford Escape

A number of recent class actions have challenged Ford’s fuel economy ratings, first for its 2019 Rangers, and then for its 2017-2019 F-150 trucks as well. This class action alleges that the fuel economy ratings for other models of Ford vehicles are inaccurate as well. The three plaintiffs in this suit lease, separately, a 2017 Ford Escape, a 2018 Ford Fusion SE, and a 2018 Ford Explorer XLT.

Gap Outlet Store

A group of popular clothing companies—The Gap, Inc., Gap (Apparel), LLC, Gap International Sales, Inc., Banana Republic, LLC, and Banana Republic (Apparel), LLC—are settling a class action on the issue of false reference pricing.

Graphics for Fortnite Save the World Game

Epic Games, Inc. is a major player in the electronic game industry. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that it uses “a predatory scheme” to get more money out of players, particularly minors. The complaint claims that Epic offers players a lower up-front price for participation in one of its games but then entices them to make in-game purchases by making it difficult or impossible for them to win without them.